Twelve percent of teenagers in the United States today have undetected or untreated vision problems. That’s a staggering number of children that are being negatively impacted by an easily treatable problem. Tortoise & Blonde heard these statistics and decided they needed to help. To do so, they collaborated with a non-profit called EyeCare 4 Kids.
EyeCare 4 Kids is a non-profit that helps vision-impaired low-income children get the treatment they need to see clearly. They serve over 200 kids per week, 10,400 kids a year, mostly in Utah and Nevada. EyeCare 4 Kids is closely involved with education – providing families the knowledge necessary to keep their kids’ vision healthy and working. Tortoise & Blonde has donated $230,000 worth of eyeglass frames and tailor-made lenses to EyeCare 4 Kids. They are committed to lowering that shocking twelve percent statistic.
Knots of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hand-made knitted and crocheted hats for those experiencing traumatic hair loss due to cancer or other life threatening illnesses. Knots of Love’s goal is to “warm the hearts and heads” of patients in treatment centers and hospitals across the United States.
Since 2007, Knots of Love has been donating hats, scarves, prayer shawls, PIC line covers, and neonatal blankets for premature newborns free of charge. It is built on a network of volunteers who “tirelessly knit and crochet only the finest quality of caps”, using specially tested soft yarns to ensure optimum comfort for those who have lost their hair.
While it seems like a small thing, giving a hat to someone in need can brighten patients’ day-to-day lives and have a big impact. As Christine Fabiani recounts, “I have seen the tears of joy when patients are handed a cap made from Knots of Love. It puts a smile on their faces and the wind in my sails.”
Knots of Love founder Christine with the recipient of a Brand New Hat!
Martha F. raised $152.92 for her cause, Tibetan Mastiff Rescue, Inc.!
Tibetan Mastiff Rescue is the ONLY rescue organization in the US dedicated solely to helping rehabilitate and place Tibetan Mastiffs. They rescue the mastiffs from all different situations, including pulling them directly from shelters. They train, house, treat, and evaluate the mastiffs prior to placing them in a loving home. At least 140 beautiful Tibetan Mastiffs have been placed in loving homes.
For her efforts, Martha will receive a gift package from The Body Shop worth $152 including products such as Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate and Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream.
SmartWool is committed to staying true to their values and giving back to their community. They believe in “capitalism with a conscience” and that “actions speak louder than words.”
SmartWool gives back through its SmartWool General Advocacy Fund. SmartWool Advocacy was born out of the desire to give back to the communities of its employees and clients. Exposure to the wilderness and outdoor education can greatly improve and enrich a person’s life. Proceeds from SmartWool’s e-commerce outlet go towards non-profits such as these that help bring kids out into the wilderness. Since 2005, SmartWool has given back to its communities to the tune of over a million dollars.
Ryan J Clarke was a firefighter who died at age 30 due to a sudden cardiac arrest. His mom and step dad, Mary and Jerry, founded the Ryan J Clarke CPR Fund for Schools in order to teach CPR and AED use to as many students as possible, in hopes that they could prevent similar deaths from occurring. They are teaching children to save lives and as of this writing have reached 7959 students.
Ryan J Clarke – “Never a boring moment”
The Ryan J Clarke CPR Fund for Schools also works to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest – the number one killer in the United States. The more students they teach how to perform CPR, the fewer people may die by sudden cardiac arrest each year.
Sherie S. raised $197.40 for her cause, Pet Partners!
Pet Partners is a non-profit organization focused on improving human health and well-being through interactions with pets. The core of the organization is focused on medical research – studying the many positive effects of human and animal interaction on people’s health. Pet Partners also has an extensive therapy animal program, training handlers and their animals to visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and many other facilities. As they say, “People are healthier and happier because companion, service and therapy animals enrich and positively impact their everyday lives.”
For her efforts, Sherie will receive a $100 gift card from Dog.com.
Time for that Back to School shopping craze? Why not make a difference and buy your books through Better World Books. Better World Books is a company with a Triple Bottom Line – meaning they’re out for more than just profit. They contribute to over eighty literacy partners including Room to Read, Books for Africa, Worldfund, and National Center for Families Learning. Every time you buy a book (including textbooks!) from Better World Books, they donate a book to someone in need.
Along with investing their resources in people, Better World Books invests in the planet by offsetting the carbon from shipping their books and rescuing and collecting thousands of tons of books, diverting them from landfills. They have reused or recycled over 130 million books and reclaimed 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across America.
The California support group, The Amputee Connection, serves as a support network and resource for amputees. Their mission is “to serve and encourage people with limb loss to enhance their physical and emotional health through peer counseling, educational and recreational programs, and public relations.” They hold monthly meetings and facilitate peer visits – whereby an Amputee Coalition certified Peer Visitor visits someone who is about to lose a limb or has recently undergone surgery.
“The vision of the Amputee Connection is to empower caregivers, families and friends to optimize the care and well being of people with limb loss in Southern California.”
Tim W. raised $190.85 for his cause, Cat Depot!
Cat Depot is so much more than just a homeless cat shelter; its state-of-the-art facility houses rescued cats, an activity and education center, and a surgery center. In 2013, Cat Depot rescued over 900 cats and placed 846 of them in loving homes. Cat Depot began as a solution to a problem: there were hundreds of abandoned cats at a former shelter in Sarasota and five community members decided something had to be done. Eleven years later, they have grown from their beginnings in a rented warehouse and have set a goal of rescuing and placing 1000 cats in 2014.
For his efforts, Tim will receive $150 worth of Only Natural Pet products from Pet360.
FedEx has built a global network serving more than 220 countries and territories and moving over 8 million packages every single day. They are proud of the ways they connect the world and believe their responsibility to provide access to opportunity extends beyond their customers. They’re committed to supporting the communities they serve through strategic investment of their people, resources and network within three focus areas: Disaster Readiness Relief and Recovery, Pedestrian and Road Safety, and Environmental Sustainability. FedEx is also proud to support the efforts of United Way and ORBIS International.
“EarthSmart is our way of recognizing and encouraging innovative initiatives to improve environmental performance, engage our team members and custormers and inspire others to follow our lead,” – Fedex Global Citizenship Report, 2013
FedEx is uniquely positioned to help with disaster relief due to their extensive global network. ”When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, Fedex worked with Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid to devastated communities across the region,” – Fedex Global Citizenship Report, 2013.